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Perpignan Via Domitia University (UPVD)


The UPVD has a small dynamic campus, characterized by its multidisciplinary and it orientation towards southern Catalonia as well as the rest of the world.

Our university trains each year around 9 500 students in the fields of, literature, languages, human and social sciences, law, economics, management, exact sciences, sports and tourism.

Beyond its academic fields, the UPVD is well placed in terms of renewable energy technologies with a Master’s program in Renewable solar Energy, attached to the DERBI center of excellence, and the SupEnR engineering school.

While obtaining the Labex and Equipex agreements in the solar field, the Catalonian site "Perpignan-Font-Romeu" has beccome one of the most recognized centers in this field at the international level.

The UPVD has developed strong fields in its different campuses: sports at Font-Romeu, tourism at Mende, law and urbanism in Narbonne, “Tech.de co.” in Carcassonne.

It is important to highlight the quality of life offered by the city of Perpignan, located in southern France, between the sea and the mountains, one hour away from Barcelona.

European Laboratory Health Altitude Performance (LEPSA)
Head: Xavier Py

The LEPSA is located at the UPVD Font-Romeu site (altitude of 1800m). It represents a major asset concerning the research themes the team develops.

The altitude location, its proximity to the National Center for Training in Altitude and its many sportsmen, as well as its closeness to Spain, represent for the LEPSA great potential for the development of research in the field of Sciences and Techniques in Physical and Sports Activities.

During its first stages, the LEPSA was very inclined to physiology, yet, for the past two years research in psychology has been conducted.

In this regard, researchers base their work on Norman Anderson’s Functional Theory of Cognition.



Université Toulouse - Jean JaurèsToulouse Jean Jaurès University (UT2J)

The Toulouse Jean Jaurès University (UT2J) is a liberal arts, literature, languages, social and human sciences university, which nowadays has over 30 000 students. The university is one of the founding members of the Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees Federal University.

Its main campus, the Mirail Campus, is located on Toulouse’s south-west area. Yet, the University has several institutes and divisions in other sites: Toulouse city center, Blagnac, Figeac, Montauban, Cahors, Foix, Madrid (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Hanoi (Vietnam).

The UT2J is a plural and diverse university which is considered amongst France’s best universities both for the education it offers and the research it promotes (80% of its research teams are classified A+ by the French Agency for the evaluation of research and post-secondary education).

As to its Psychology Faculty, it hosts each year approximately 5300 students, where 3 700 of them are enrolled in undergraduate studies. Our Psychology Faculty, is France’s most important regarding its number of students and faculty members.

In terms of research, the mission is guaranteed by four research laboratories, one of them being the Center for Studies and Research in Psychopathology and Health Psychology (CERPPS).
Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Psychopathologie et Psychologie de la Santé CERPPS UT2J (EA 7411)Center for Studies and Research in Psychopathology and Health Psychology (CERPPS)
Head: Maria Teresa Muñoz Sastre

The Center for Studies and Research in Psychopathology and Health Psychology (CERPPS, EA 7411) is structured by three research poles: (1) General Psychopathology, (2) Developmental Psychopathology, and (3) Health Psychology.

The laboratory’s research work aims the elaboration of clinical applications in order to improve physical and mental health in terms of comprehension, prevention and treatment. The research themes developed by the CERPPS have a high scientific and societal impact (e.g. addictions, autism and bioethics).

The CERPPS’ “Health Psychology” pole is comprised by nine permanent research-professors and many PhD candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers. The team conducts research concerning matters in health psychology and gerontology such as: well-being and quality of life determinants in chronic disease among the elderly and the general population, psycho-oncology, bioethics (e.g., organ donation, end of life decisions, medically assisted procreation), health risk perception (e.g., vaccination, genetic risks).

An important part of this research work is addressed through the Functional Theory of Cognition (Anderson, 1981, 1982, 1996), enabling the understanding of how individuals – medical care personnel, patients, laypersons— integrate information regarding their own health and others’ health.
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Date of update September 6, 2018